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Basic Trope: A world where animals substitute for people.

  • Straight: Alice is a cat and Bob is a bunny. They both speak English, live in houses, use money, and eat people foods. There is nothing unusual about that.
  • Exaggerated:
    • In this universe every eukaryotic organism is intelligent, even cockroaches, worms and amoebas. It is a highly advanced civilization where it is not unusual to see a dog driving a car or a cow eating a hamburger. (Don't ask where the meat came from.) Different species intermix freely, and their offspring may be of either species or a hybrid.
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    • Bob's best friends, Ibrahim and Altan, are a Pakicetus and a Velociraptor respectively, and there is nothing unusual about that.
  • Downplayed: Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!
  • Justified: This story takes place in an alternate universe where humans never evolved, and all other species are sapient instead.
  • Inverted: The story focuses on a purely human civilization, with no non-human animals to be seen anywhere.
  • Subverted: We see a what looks like a dog-person attending a party but later it is revealed this is just a hyper realistic costume.
  • Double Subverted: Underneath the dog costume, he is actually a cat!
  • Parodied: Even though the animals are clearly very civilized, they also still eat each other. Bob the Bunny gets very nervous when Alice the Cat gets hungry.
  • Zig Zagged: It turns out that funny animals were controlled by humans for... Do we even have to say why?
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  • Averted: The world has humans as the dominant species, and animals are merely domestic.
  • Enforced:
    • The author is an animal lover who wanted to make a world composed entirely of animals.
    • The author is a member of the Furry Fandom.
    • In-universe, almost all of humanity were killed by Funny Animals, and it's illegal for humans to even live.
  • Lampshaded: "Mom is a cat, and Dad is a rabbit. Sometimes I wonder how Dad puts up with all of Mom's meat recipes."
  • Invoked: A mad scientist genetically engineers animals to be sapient and humanoid, so he can study the evolution of a civilization with many species.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "So the bunny is in love with a cat?" "That's probably not unusual in this world. For one thing, the mayor of Troperville is a penguin who married a snake."
  • Played for Laughs: Bob Bunny gives Alice Cat a gift of carrots, and she gives him a can of tuna. Awkwardness follows.
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  • Played for Drama: The carnivore animals oppress the herbivore animals, keeping them from rebelling or questioning the status quo, Two young animals, Alice - a cat of the carnivore clan - and Bob - a bunny of the herbivore clan - must keep their friendship a secret.

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